- Alexander City
- Miramar Beach
- Panama City
- St. Petersburg
- Phenix City
- United States Capital
Course faculty and hospital liaisons make every attempt to place students at their requested hospital and unit, however, requested placements are not guaranteed. Faculty will discuss further options with the student if any requests are not possible.
Many students are placed in out of state hospitals. However, facilities, as a rule, give preference to their ‘in state’ nursing school students. Placements are based on the hospital’s availability of preceptors.
GPA and HESI scores are considered when there is a need to prioritize student placements and when students request specialty units, such as NICU, L&D. However, academic standing information is never released to hospitals.
Hospitals notify course faculty of placements at various times throughout the semester. Your patience is of the utmost importance as some hospitals are unable to secure assignments until just a few weeks prior to preceptorship beginning.
Absolutely not. Hospital liaisons and AUSON course faculty frown upon this practice. There are many factors to consider when making assignments that students and other hospital staff are not aware of. Communication by the student related to preceptorship should be directly through AUSON course faculty.
- Increase clinical exposure to patient care areas in order to build on experiences in their nursing programs
- Challenge the extern to think critically while using a holistic perspective toward patient care
- Foster relationships between the nurse extern and RN role models and other members of the interdisciplinary health care team
- Enhance socialization into the culture of nursing
- Provide opportunities for externs to select the areas in which they wish to practice as professionals
- Introduce externs to a realistic clinical employment setting, thus promoting a better transition from student to professional nurse
- Encourage networking opportunities for the student nurse
- Provide exposure to the fast-paced, specialized, and technologically-intensive world of nursing